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Despite the advances in the treatment of heart failure, many patients will continue to progress to advanced end-stage heart failure. For these patients, heart transplant remains the most effective treatment option.

The Transplant Center at Carolinas Medical Center includes one of the busiest heart transplant programs in North and South Carolina.

Heart surgeons performed the first heart transplant at CMC in 1986. Since that time, CMC physicians have completed more than 400 newborn, pediatric and adult heart transplants.

Learn more about heart transplants.

Heart Transplant Team Members

Patient care is managed by a multidisciplinary team that includes but is not limited to:

Heart Transplant Heart Diagram

  • Transplant cardiac surgeons
  • Transplant cardiologists
  • Pediatric transplant cardiologists
  • Pediatric cardiologists
  • Pulmonologists
  • Infectious disease specialists
  • Nephrologists
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Certified transplant coordinators
  • Medical social workers
  • Insurance coordinators
  • Pharmacist
  • Nutritionist

For more information about the heart transplantation evaluation process and transplant wait list, please see Transplantation Evaluation and Waiting Process.

Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVADs)

What is an LVAD?

"[LVAD] is a lifesaving procedure that hasn't ever been available in this area until now."

- Sanjeev Gulati, MD

In addition to heart transplant, we offer left ventricular assist devices (LVAD), a device designed to assist your heart in pumping blood from the main pumping chamber (left ventricle) to the rest of your body.

In the critically ill patient awaiting transplantation, the LVAD serves as a bridge-to-transplant by mimicking the functions of a healthy human heart.

For more information about the LVAD evaluation process, please see the Transplantation Evaluation and Waiting Process.